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Japan beats Yemen

SHINJI Okazaki and Tatsuya Tanaka scored a goal each yesterday to lead Japan over Yemen 2-1 in qualifying for the 2011 Asian Cup. Okazaki gave Japan the lead in the seventh minute when he took a pass from Tanaka and beat the Yemen goalie.

Zaher Farid al-Fadhli equalized in the 47th, rising up to head in off a free kick, but Tanaka put the hosts ahead for good in the 65th with a header from a deflected corner by Kengo Nakamura. Japan won the Asian Cup in 1992, 2000 and '04. The top two teams from each of the five groups will qualify for the 16-team Asian Cup in Qatar in 2011.


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